In this 8-week program you will learn the basics of robotics through the design and construction of your very own simple robot. Using Arduino (robot “brains”), electronic components, web programming (HTML & CSS), 3D printing and craft supplies, you’ll go home with an applied understanding of how real-life robots work and what is involved in bringing them to life.
And of course, you’ll go home with your very own robotics project at the end of the 8 weeks!
You could make a remote controlled creature that shows its mood through it’s colour-changing eyes. Or program a trip-wire in your Minecraft world to set off an alarm bell on your desk. Monitor your hamster’s water level and send you an email when it’s low. Wire up an Internet brain to anything you can think of, the possibilities are endless!
Each participant and group will have a parts budget to spend on the components they need:
- Spark Core / Photon Arduino compatible microcontroller
- Servo motors for precise motion
- Continuous rotation motors for wheels and other drive mechanisms
- Wide range of sensors such as light sensors, motion detectors, pressure sensors, trigger switches and more
Want to know a bit more about what we might be doing during this class? Check out this article in MAKE Magazine written by STEAMLabs founder Andy Forest: http://makezine.com/projects/minecraft-activated-arduino-alarm/